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Animal Care and Training Experience

Explore life as a zookeeper at Denver Zoo

Bring your enthusiasm for animals and your interest in learning about zoo keeping with you for this unique animal experience! Participants will meet a zookeeper from our education animal division and begin the day with behind the scenes tours.  After the tour, participants will learn all about what it takes to care for and train these very amazing animals by participating in two or more of the following activities:

  • Preparing animal diets

  • Helping to weigh and care for animals

  • Taking part in animal training

  • Assisting with animal demonstrations or shows

  • And of course, everyone’s favorite - cleaning!

Who

Animal lovers ages 9 and older with a passion to learn about animals and their care at Denver Zoo. 

When

Limited availability – call early for best selections. We only schedule one Animal Care and Training Experience per day. 

Time

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Cost

$350 (zoo admission is included) 

What to wear

Closed-toed shoes, a comfortable shirt, and pants or shorts. Dress for the weather! Portions of our program may be held outside even in inclement weather.
Please wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty, as being a zookeeper can get messy and there is a lot of cleaning.

What to bring

A water bottle, your confirmation sheet and your camera (photo opportunities will be provided).
Please note: The focus of the program is an in-depth exploration of a zookeeper’s job; limited direct contact with live animals will be involved. 

How to register

Please call 720-337-1437 to register or for more information about the program.

Cancellation fees

 A cancellation fee of 50 percent will be charged for cancelling with less than two weeks notice. A cancellation fee of 100 percent will be charged for a missed program.

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